There were a lot of stories of interest this week that may impact long-term mobility strategy for global CIOs. Here is the EdgeLens list for top enterprise mobility stories of the week.
- LTE to grow to 1Billion subscribers in 5 years;
- Android Bouncer Thwarted;
- LetMobile Offers Alternative BYOD Approach;
- Apple and Samsung to Exceed 50% Share;
- Samsung new CEO;
- RIM’s BB10 OS to incorporate third party software.
LTE to grow to 1Billion subscribers in 5 years
Ericsson published a report this week outlining its global forecast for LTE adoption. LTE is expected to grow from as little as 40 million subscribers today to over 1 billion in five years. That is a rapid adoption curve. Probably more interesting is the overall expansion of LTE’s cousins in 4G, WCDMA and HSPA. Ericsson expects these technologies to be available to over 85% of the world’s population by 2017. If you are wondering when mobile broadband will be ubiquitous worldwide, this looks like a good proxy. More analysis on how CIOs can leverage this trend to their advantage, color charts and a link to the full report can be found here.
Android Bouncer Thwarted
The engineers at Duo Security did the Android community a favor this week by showing how the Android Bouncer can be easily thwarted by sophisticated malware. Although the Bouncer has been pretty effective at identifying malware resident in Apps submitted to the Google Play app market, Duo Security demonstrated how a malware could identify if the Bouncer emulator was running and lay dormant during the scan, appearing to be benign. Dr. Charles Miller and Jon Oberheide presented some of the findings at the SummerCon event in New York this week. A video summary of the presentation can be found here. Other exploits of he Android Bouncer were shared directly with Google. EdgeLens reported recently on the surge in Android Malware.
LetMobile Offers Alternative BYOD Approach
LetMobile announced is first general availability software release this week for mobile email security. The 1.5 version release on Wednesday introduces a new approach to securing mobile devices for bring your own device programs (BYOD). EdgeLens presented a full analysis of the impact this can have for CIOs in a post this week. In short, the solution requires no local client and secures email by keeping it off the devices altogether, but still accessible to the user. The approach is much lighter weight than traditional mobile device management (MDM) approaches and does not include robust administration and control features. It does, however, allow users to receive secure mobile email with native clients and without requiring MDM control on them.
Apple and Samsung to Exceed 50% Share
Apple Insider reported this week on a forecast from Canaccord Genity that the combined Apple and Samsung smartphone market share is likely to rise from the high 40%s today to over 50% by the end of next year. This is good news for the enterprise. Market stabilization that provides a counterweight to Apple’s smartphone dominance combined with some scale finally accruing to one manufacturer in the fragmented Android market should provide both stability and competition. Samsung is emerging as a key player in smartphones and Apple is taking notice. This week Apple also tried to use the courts to keep Samsung from selling the new Galaxy S III in the United States due to patent infringement claims. More on Apple and Samsung here.
Samsung Electronics names new CEO
The top global smartphone manufacturer, Samsung, named a new CEO this week. Samsung clearly does things beyond selling smartphones and tablets. However, its role in handsets and providing screens for Apple and other manufacturers makes it a company to watch in the mobility industry. The new CEO, Kwon Oh-hyun, comes from the components business which includes displays as well as chips. The San Jose Mercury News reported that he is widely thought to be mentoring his heir apparent, Jay Y. Lee, the son of the Samsung Electronics Chairman, and current Chief Operating Officer.
RIM to provide 3rd Party software in BB10
The Wall Street Journal reported that BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) is relying heavily on recent acquisitions and third party software in its upcoming BlackBerry 10 operating system (OS) release. While RIM struggles to maintain market share and stem client defections, this move is probably a favorable development. RIM is a hardware and not a software company today. As long as it can manage the integration challenges, it is more likely to yield an OS than can start to compete with Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. A more in-depth analysis of RIM’s challenges and options are included here.